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Eddy County delays proposed work force camp and RV ordinance

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Mike Smith Photo Michael Zant of the Lubbock law firm McWhorter, Cobb and Johnson says his client Cody Northcutt of Carlsbad is the target of those who want the Eddy County Commission to pass an ordinance on work camps and recreational vehicles.

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CARLSBAD — After meeting for nearly two hours Tuesday afternoon to discuss and possibly vote on a workforce camp and recreational vehicles ordinance, the Eddy County Commission has delayed it until next month.

County leaders have been tackling this for months after residents in La Huerta, near Carlsbad, raised a fuss on a proposed RV park. Cody Northcutt of Carlsbad owns the property and one of his lawyers spoke before the commission.

Michael Zant of the Lubbock law firm of McWhorter, Cobb and Johnson said Northcutt has similar properties in the county.

“The commissioner’s notes on the board today was to have respectful and courteous comments regarding anyone or any property, I’d venture to say that over time at least from Cody’s perspective and our perspective comments may have not been as respectful and courteous as one would hope and certainly there’s a lot of passion and emotion that’s in this,” Zant said.

Steven McCutcheon II is a resident of the La Huerta area and expressed his support for Northcutt’s new venture.

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“(Northcutt) has another RV park that has the county’s blessing,” he said.

Property setback and an emergency clause in the proposed ordinance were the apparent sore spots with everyone in attendance.

While there are some who want to see the RV camp go up, those opposed to it turned out as well.

“We the people don’t want this in our neighborhood,” said Dorothy Peters. “You the commissioners should take care of our health, safety and welfare,” she added.

Peters said the commission’s job is to work for all Eddy County residents.

Northcutt has been slapped with numerous work stoppages in the past few months. The commission voted 5-0 to continue with that until early next month and they voted 3-2 to table discussing the proposed ordinance for the same time frame.

“Certainly with them tabling the issue seemed to be in opposition of maybe what the administration was suggesting, maybe what their legal counsel was suggesting, from our perspective we still need a little time to absorb it and think through it,” Zant said.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.